Monthly Archives: April 2017

Rhodes: A Quiet Sunday Morning

The Greek island of Rhodes was our first of five stops in the country and what a difference from our last summer visit a couple of years ago. For one thing, there was no one here. Perhaps it was simply … Continue reading

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Transiting the Suez Canal

The Suez Canal, connecting the Red Sea with the Mediterranean, may lack the drama and complexity of the Panama Canal but it is still pretty amazing. The 120-mile ditch through the desert was opened in 1869 and provides a straight … Continue reading

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Highlights of Jordan: Amman, Aljoun, Jerash

On “Jay and Tanya’s Insanity Trip 2017” we have often been asked, “which countries that you’ve visited would you like to return to?” One easy answer to that question is “Jordan”. OK, we were only here two days and one … Continue reading

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Petra: Bucket List Travel

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan is one of those bucket list places that show up on virtually every travel junkies wish list. It’s in the same category as India’s Taj Mahal, Peru’s Macchu Picchu and Rome’s Coliseum. But like … Continue reading

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Muscat, Oman

The Sultanate of Oman was a welcoming introduction to the Middle East for Jay. Tanya had lived in the region 30 years ago but for Jay, other than a previous visit to Israel, it was a new destination. To appreciate … Continue reading

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Incredible Mumbai

Since our last posting on Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Jay and Tanya visited a friend in Singapore, shopped in Klang, Malaysia and shared drinks and conversation with the Sri Lankan branch of our family in Colombo. It was an … Continue reading

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Saigon: 23 Years Later

Late in 1994, Tanya and Jay took one of the most memorable trips of their lives, a 16-day bicycle trip through Vietnam. We were joined by six other maniacs and were led by two 20-something guides from Berkeley, who at … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Highlights

Writing about Hong Kong as an exciting, exotic pearl of the East is like writing about Paris as enduringly romantic and beautiful. Both statements are true and almost anything written about either city becomes practically a cliché and hopelessly repetitive. … Continue reading

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